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Changing the order of objects

March 18th, 2012

Arranging the order of objects in CorelDraw

If you have ever started a design and decided later that the last object you created or brought into the graphic you really need it to be somewhere in between some other objects within the graphic. If you have spent hours working with that document then you wouldn’t want to spent a lot of time trying to work around the dilemma.

From CorelDraw, you can change the stacking order of objects on a layer or a page by sending objects to the front or back, or behind or in front, of other objects. You can also position objects precisely in the stacking order, as well as reverse the stacking order of multiple objects.

Here is how:

1. Select the object

2. Click “Arrange” from the menu

3. At this point you can arrange “back one’; “forward one”; “all the way to the back”; “all the way to the front”.

An object cannot be moved to a locked (non-editable) layer; instead, it is moved to the closest normal or editable layer. For example, when you apply the To front of page command, and the topmost layer is locked, the object is moved to the topmost editable layer. Any objects on the locked layer remain in front of the object.

By default, all objects on the master page appear on top of the objects on other pages.

An Order command is unavailable if the selected object is already positioned in the specified stacking order. For example, the To front of page command is unavailable if the object is already in front of all the other objects on the page.

In addition, you will find informative videos for configuring color management by the support team at Condé by visiting Condé TV, the Condé Facebook Page and Condé Twitter. Look for more upcoming videos and informative blog entries to be added for successful sublimation and maintaining your Condé DyeSub System. If there is something that you think would be better said in an instructional video or blog posting, then we look forward to hearing your ideas.

Senior Technical Consultant,

Vicky Waldrop


How to Apply a mesh to an object in CorelDraw

February 17th, 2012

For those who like to create vector images and blend color into and object, I have a great tool for you to learn and have some fun with. The “Mesh Tool in CorelDraw id an awesome way to create colorful drawings and transition color into something very artistic. People will ask how you did it. I use this tool with flowers and for creating a more 3D effect with some graphics. I hope you find this tool as useful as I do. Here is how…

To apply a mesh fill to an object:
1.

Select an object.

2.
In the toolbox, click the Mesh fill tool .
3.
Type the number of columns in the top portion of the Grid size box on the property bar.
4.
Type the number of rows in the bottom portion of the Grid size box on the property bar, and press Enter.
5.
Adjust the grid nodes on the object.
You can also
Add an intersection
Click once within a grid, and click the Add intersection button on the property bar.
Add a node
Hold down Shift, and double-click where you want to add the node.
Remove a node or an intersection
Click a node, and click the Delete node(s) button on the property bar.
Shape the mesh fill
Drag a node to a new location.
Remove the mesh fill
Click the Clear mesh button on the property bar.
If the mesh object contains color, adjusting the intersection nodes of the mesh affects how the colors blend together.
You can also marquee select or freehand marquee select nodes to shape an entire area of the mesh. To marquee select nodes, choose Rectangular from the Selection mode list box, and drag around the nodes you want to select. To freehand select nodes, choose Freehand from the Selection mode list box, and drag around the nodes you want to select. Holding down Alt while dragging lets you toggle between the Rectangular and Freehand selection mode.
You can add an intersection by double-clicking in a space, or you can add a single line by double-clicking a line.
To add color to a patch in a mesh fill
1.
Select a mesh-filled object.
2.
In the toolbox, click the Mesh fill tool .
.
Drag a color from the color palette to a patch in the object.
You can also
Color an intersection node in a mesh fill
Click an intersection node, and click a color on the color palette.
Mix a color in a mesh fill Select part of the mesh, press Ctrl, and click a color on the color palette.
You can also drag a color from the color palette to an intersection node.

You can also marquee select or freehand marquee select nodes to apply a color to an entire area of the mesh. To marquee select nodes, choose Rectangular from the Selection mode list box on the property bar, and drag around the nodes you want to select. To freehand select nodes, choose Freehand from the Selection mode list box on the property bar, and drag around the nodes you want to select. Holding down Alt while dragging lets you toggle between the Rectangular and Freehand selection mode.

In addition, you will find informative videos for configuring color management by the support team at Condé by visiting Condé TV, the Condé Facebook Page and Condé Twitter. Look for more upcoming videos and informative blog entries to be added for successful sublimation and maintaining your Condé DyeSub System. If there is something that you think would be better said in an instructional video or blog posting, then we look forward to hearing your ideas.

Senior Technical Consultant,

Vicky Waldrop


Curving Text in CorelDraw

February 3rd, 2012

Most anyone who has used CorelDraw has had to exercise the software in order to continuously sharpen their skills. Some of the more simple needs from the application can  consume a major chunk of time when attempting to design something. Curving text is one of those things that you may not use often but when you need it; you need it! I have a simple method for accomplishing this task from within the application. In this blog entry I will provide a simple instructions using the “envelope” tool to curve text. It is up to you the user to perfect this technique.

Curving Text using the envelope tool:

Curving Text using CorelDraw

Curving Text using CorelDraw

1. Choose your font and type.

2. Select the the object using the “pick tool” from the tools menu.

3. With the text selected, in the tools menu select the “envelope” tool (fifth one from the bottom). If you do not see it. Left click over the tool showing and choose if from the drop down menu.

4. Select center node and, hold the left mouse key down and drag to the desired spot. If desired you can use other nodes to create curvature in other place within the font. Swing the arrow to ad an even more wavy graphic.

5. click off the graphic or on the pick tool again to seal the the deal. You can repeat the instruction to make necessary changes.

I used CorelDraw X4 in this demonstration but the technique should work with any version within CorelDraw. I recommend you test the feature and have fun learning to create awesome designs with this tool. There will be a video to come on our Conde TV page that will demonstrate this technique.

In addition, you will find informative videos for configuring color management by the support team at Condé by visiting Condé TV, the Condé Facebook Page and Condé Twitter. Look for more upcoming videos and informative blog entries to be added for successful sublimation and maintaining your Condé DyeSub System. If there is something that you think would be better said in an instructional video or blog posting, then we look forward to hearing your ideas.

Senior Technical Consultant,

Vicky Waldrop


Printing to the ByPass Tray by Default Settings

October 29th, 2011

There are those folks out there that desire to do a sheet feed using only the By-pass tray on the Gx7000 of the GXe3300N Ricoh printers. It is not required or useful for those people who use standard paper sizes on a regular bases but would come in handy for those who are constantly changes paper sizes and for those who use unusual paper sizes or unique papers outside of the ordinary settings.

Purposes:

Generally, those who choose to use the by-pass tray as their default setting will either be be using a variety of paper sizes, a variety of paper types, unique paper settings or strictly the use of large media (ex: 13x 19). It would be to time consuming to use tray one or tray two as their default because of the media types or sizes. It is much easier for these folks to load or sheet feed than to continuously change paper in the tray.

How to:

Defaulting the By-Pass tray is a custom setting from the within the driver. It would be mandatory to create a setting by changing the tray source setting to the “by-pass tray” and saving it that way. here is how…

Go to your printer folder:

start

control panel

printers faxes or devices and printers

Select Media Type and Tray Source (By-Pass)

right click on the Ricoh

left click, “Printing Preferences

Choosing Custom Settings:

Choosing Tray Source

Select Media Type and Tray Source (By-Pass)


Paper Type- Ink Jet Plain Paper

Tray Source- By-pass tray

Click User Settings

User Settings

Selecting User Settings

Color Settings – Off

Check- Use Error Diffusion


Click the “Misc” tab the checkPrint as Bitmap

Print as Bitmap

click "Misc" tab the click "Print as Bitmap"

Last click on “OK

Now click on the far right tab “Printer Configuration

configure Printer Configuration

Turn off the "Auto Reduce to Fit..."

Turn off the “Auto Reduce to Fit…”

Deselect the “Auto Reduce to Fit…

Save

Name the Custom Setting "Conde ICC By_Pass"

Go back to the “setup” tab and click Save

Name the Custom Settings “Condé ICC By-Pass

In addition…

Now that we’ve defaulted the By-pass tray there is additional information I believe goes hand and hand with defaulting the by-pass tray as the main paper source. If you don’t already know you can create up to 10 unique paper size settings on the Ricoh drivers. If you are sheet feeding the printer due to having to continuously change paper sizes then this will especially be useful information to know and execute.

How to Create Custom Paper Sizes on the Ricoh:(click for Video)


Create a Custom Paper Size

Printer Configuration- Custom Paper Sizes


Go back to “Printer Configurationand click “Custom Paper Sizes“.

This opens a new Dialog Box:

1. Choose the paper source- By-Pass Tray

2. Give this paper setting a “Name”- for example: Mug11

3. Enter the “Long Edge” size- for example: 9.13

4. Enter the “Short Edge” size- for example: 3.50

5. clickOK“. This will close the Custom Paper dialog box.

"OK" to save and exit out of the Custom Paper Settings

"OK" to save and exit

Now it will be in the paper settings list; under “original size” in the list.

Paper Settings-Original Size List

Paper Settings-Original Size List

As with this custom paper setting, you can create as many as 9 more unique paper size setting. This is one of the many great features to take advantage of with your sublimation printer. Make your printer work for your needs as much as possible. Save time and energy by creating printer settings that fit with production needs and job planning to get the most out of your printer.

In addition, you will find informative videos for configuring color management by the support team at Condé by visiting Condé TV, Condé Facebook Page and Condé Twitter. Look for more upcoming videos and informative blog entries to be added for successful sublimation and maintaining your Condé DyeSub System. If there is something that you think would be better said in an instructional video or blog posting, then we look forward to hearing your ideas.

Condé Systems, Inc.

Senior Technical Consultant

Vicky Waldrop


Why Do I Have a Red Light on My Printer!?!

October 25th, 2011

Did you know that there is a common place within the print driver that will provide information about errors that generate on your printer? The common name for this place  is called the “Status Monitor”. It doesn’t matter the printer, the only change is the terminology that differs in the printing preferences. For instance,  the tabs in the print driver dialog box will either say “utility” or ” maintenance”. An explanation of printer related errorsSecond, the status monitor will provide an explanation as to what the error is along with a resolution in resolving the problem.

There are many other features that are available in this menu. Often, we can see the ink levels and weather the printer is “online” or “offline”. It will too tell us if there is a communication error with the computer sending the data to the printer.

To get to the status monitor from your PC:

For the Mac:

Finally, errors that appear in the status monitor are generally hinted by a red light on the printer or the LCD will display a short note with a hot topic of the problem. This is to alert you that the printer has either stalled or is about to stall for some reason or another. The status monitor is like a cheat sheet for a resolve to that error. Don’t get stumped by these fault lights. Make sure you are taking advantage of all the features that the peripheral offers.

In addition, you will find informative videos for configuring color management by the support team at Condé by visiting Condé TV, the Condé Facebook Page and Condé Twitter. Look for more upcoming videos and informative blog entries to be added for successful sublimation and maintaining your Condé DyeSub System. If there is something that you think would be better said in an instructional video or blog posting, then we look forward to hearing your ideas.

Senior Technical Consultant,

Vicky Waldrop


Clearing the 990 on the Ricoh Printers

October 18th, 2011

When you see an error 990

If you see a 990 error on your LCD with the Ricoh printer, there is a procedure that may help in clearing the error. I will first describe the error and then walk through some easy steps that will possibly clear the error and get the printer back in business.

What is a 990?

Error 990 is best explained by air in the lines. How air gets in the lines is undetermined. When you get the error there is not another menu you can go to until the error has been cleared. Even if you turn the printer off and back on the error will still be there.

What can I do to clear a 990 error on the Ricoh?

What we want to do is move ink through the lines, satisfying the printer in an attempt to rid air and then error. At this point the LCD on printer will not display anything but the 990 error. Therefore, in order to move ink in the lines, there is only one option available for us to do.

First, turn the printer off and open the bay door that holds the cartridges. Starting from the far right side, remove the Yellow cartridge; reseat it; close the bay door and turn the printer back on again. If the 990 appears on the display turn the printer off; open the bay door and pull the Magenta cartridge then reseat it; turn the printer back on. If the error returns, turn off the printer for a third time; open the bay door and remove the Cyan cartridge; reseat it; close the bay door and turn the printer back on again. If the error returns, turn the printer off a forth time; open the bay door; pull the Black cartridge and reset it; close the bay door and turn on the printer again. If the error is still comes back, turn the printer off and back on up to five more times.

If there is still an error on the display, call Ricoh if you are under a one year warranty. If you purchased an extended warranty or no warranty, call your account manager or technical support at Condé.

In addition, you will find informative videos for configuring color management by the support team at Condé by visiting Condé TV, Condé Facebook Page and Condé Twitter. Look for more upcoming videos and informative blog entries to be added for successful sublimation and maintaining your Condé DyeSub System. If there is something that you think would be better said in an instructional video or blog posting, then we look forward to hearing your ideas.


Why Should I do a Nozzle Check

October 4th, 2011

If you haven’t asked the question then I am certain it has entered your mind. Condé Support Technicians will ask you, “perform a nozzle check” usually right after the callers ask, “Why is my color off?” A good nozzle check is vital to the color in your images. It is the balance of color and when it is bad it is not possible for print outs to be at its’ peek output capability.

What are the signs that my nozzle check is bad?

Typically, the first signs indicating the nozzle check could be bad are when you have encountered a color shift or you are experiencing some banding in the output/printed images. When this happens it is time to verify that all print heads are firing. How to do this ins in the instructions “How to do a Nozzle check” or our video on “How to do a Nozzle Check” from “CondeTV”.

How do I know if my Nozzle Check is bad?

Know what to look for in the nozzle check. Depending on how many colors/cartridges the printer has should reflect in the nozzle check pattern. An 8 color printer should have 8 blocks of color; a 6 color printer will have 6; a 4 having 4; and so on…

Check for breaks in the pattern and missing color. See example: The image on the top identifies a good pattern of color; the image on the bottom displays gaps in the pattern, which is a problem.

Example

What can I do to correct a bad Nozzle check?

Usually, performing a head cleaning will minimize or correct the breaks or missing blocks which will improve the color and quality of the print outs. If there is no improvements after two or three cleaning there is likely severe clogging or something other than clogging is going on. Get in touch with support for further help and advice for these types of issues.

In addition, you will find informative videos for configuring color management by the support team at Condé by visiting Condé TV, Condé Facebook Page and Condé Twitter. Look for more upcoming videos and informative blog entries to be added for successful sublimation and maintaining your Condé DyeSub System. If there is something that you think would be better said in an instructional video or blog posting, then we look forward to hearing your ideas.

Condé Systems Inc.

Senior Technical Consultant

Vicky Waldrop


DK3 and Mug11 for full bleed

March 4th, 2011

Pressing mugs can be confusing if we assume they are all pressed the same way with every image. A poor assumption using the same instruction for full bleed as with standard imaging on the mug press will lead to a bad transfer and wasted product. These are errors that will make dips in profit trends.

We have invested well spent time in finding ways to get the perfect result with every mug. Now to let you in on some ways to get you to perfection with pressing all of your 11 oz mugs.

Make sure you have a good mug press…DK3 FYI:

The DK3 has been around for 4 decades and has earned its place in the commercial  mug pressing business. Condé has been supplying customers with the GK3 mug press for over a decade and we believe it is the top of the line in mug presses. Here is why…

Nerd smile The heat element covers more area

Just kidding The design allows for easy mug placement for various mug sizes, including water bottles, steins and many other cylinder shapes.

Flirt female Up to 70 presets (for multiple products), a prepress timer and a user menu.

Adjusting the George Knight DK3 Mug Press

Know the difference of what mug you are using:

Condé sells two types of standard 11 oz mugs. One is MUG11US and the other/s MUG11. You will need to know the press time will vary based on which mug you purchased. Make sure you read the instruction on the product page for each.

Pressing standard images on 11 oz:

Standard images on 11 oz mugs can extend about 1/4 to the top and bottom edges of the mug. The dwell time is about 3.5 mins on MUG11USA and 4.5 mins for MUG11’s at 400 degrees with medium pressure. Pro-spray can be used as an alternative to heat tape. Both sold at Condé.

Pressing full bleed mugs:

The full bleed mugs are the most challenging for transfer. The time may increase up to 6 mins due to the coverage area. After all you will be transferring to the maximum area. To get the best result you will need to trim to the borders of the image. Use Pro-spray as an adhesive. Often, wetting the edges of the transfer will help with adhering to the bottom of the mug. Sometimes the very bottom of the mug/s can be more textured or rippled around the outside diameter. Using the thicker padding (1/8″  vs. a 1/16th” heat conductive rubber pad located around the heat element) and a little more pressure will help with this.

Intro to the George Knight DK3 Mug Press

In addition, you will find other awesome videos for sublimation and heat transfer by the support team at Condé by visiting Condé TV, Condé Facebook Page and Condé Twitter. Look for more upcoming videos and informative blog entries to be added for successful sublimation and maintaining your Condé DyeSub System. If there is something that you think would be better said in an instructional video or blog posting, then we look forward to hearing your ideas.

Thanks,
Condé Systems Inc.
www.conde.com

Senior Support Technician,
1-800-826-6332
Vicky Waldrop


Wall of Shame TIP #2

February 23rd, 2011

Don’t allow these things to happen to you…

Upside Down Image:

The irritating “costly mistake” of sublimating a plaque upside down. We have all done it or at least I have. Getting in a hurry or neglecting to inspect product for “key clues”  prior to placing the image on it can be a “stomach clutching” experience.  upside downUpsideDown

Don’t Forget to Reverse Your Image:

This is probably the most common error in both sublimation and Heat Transfer. Products that transfer / sublimate to the front side of will require flipping the image every time. Cutting boards and most glass will not reqReversing Imageuire this process and to can cause you much grief if you are not “on guard”. Don’t get Distracted from minor details!

Alignment and Centering Image:

Image placement can be a challenge with most product that we press with the substrate facing down and the transfer face up. The image looks perfect but in the final stages of completion to raise the press; turn the image over and find it has slid, moved or misplaced onto the substrate. Reminding ourselves “attention to detail” is a constant practice. Allow yourself the additional time to verify you do not create scrap and waste product.

AlignmentCentering

There are a “few” Benefits of Scrap Product:

If you have it why not use it? There are some scraped products that you could use for the benefit of testing images and color. For example: We, in support are always testing images when troubleshooting color. This can eliminate other variables and possible causes, for instance, product, image, etc…  I recommend getting a ben for throwing reusable scrap product into. Hopefully you will never need to troubleshoot but I can assume that the time will come when you will want something to sublimate on without wasting good product. If nothing else our support staff will often ask you to sublimate a color pallet or a nozzle check to send to use during color management issues.

TIP #2 Wall of Shame

In addition, you will find other awesome videos for sublimation and heat transfer by the support team at Condé by visiting Condé TV, Condé Facebook Page and Condé Twitter. Look for more upcoming videos and informative blog entries to be added for successful sublimation and maintaining your Condé DyeSub System. If there is something that you think would be better said in an instructional video or blog posting, then we look forward to hearing your ideas.

Thanks,
Conde Systems Inc.
www.conde.com

Senior Support Technician,
1-800-826-6332
Vicky Waldrop


George Knight Mug Presses vs. some other mug presses…

February 17th, 2011

The DK3 commercial press has been around for over a decade. The DK3 is fully adjustable, accommodating all mugs available on the market. This includes 11 oz, 15 oz, 16 oz mugs & steins. The ability of the press to open extra wide allows for easy and fast loading and unloading of mugs from the press. The clamp assembly can be adjusted for very heavy pressure, allowing for full bleed transfers on even the most demanding mugs. Finally – a mug press that compensates for less than perfectly straight mugs!

George Knight has the winning edge on the heat process because of the engineering specs on their element design.

Rolling on the floor laughing The cylinder is longer and covers up to 5” in height.

Be right back The heating elements will heat faster across the surface of the pressDk3

Smile The padding is easier to replace during preventive maintenance procedures.

The settings a also easy and extremely user friendly. We have videos to follow for setup.  For those folks that just want to set a time, temperature and press this is the press for you!

These are just some of the products that offer for pressing with the DK3. There are additional items that our clients will use with this press. Some of the products require additional padding (heat conductive pad). Those products include some water bottles that have a smaller outside diameter (OD). The additional padding will help make good contact around the surface of the product.

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Some other mug presses made in China can be very unreliable and troublesome. The vertical designs place limitations on mug sizes and image placement. The heating elements not as constant and predictable for high quality results as with the George Knight Heat presses.

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In addition, you will find other awesome videos for sublimation and heat transfer by the support team at Condé by visiting Condé TV, Condé Facebook Page and Condé Twitter. Look for more upcoming videos and informative blog entries to be added for successful sublimation and maintaining your Condé DyeSub System. If there is something that you think would be better said in an instructional video or blog posting, then we look forward to hearing your ideas.

Thanks,
Conde Systems Inc.
www.conde.com

Senior Support Technician,
1-800-826-6332
Vicky Waldrop